A new poll carried on behalf of APSE by polling company Survation finds that the public are almost three times more likely to support local councils being responsible for local Buildings Inspections work rather than private inspectors. The poll found 59% of the public support council Building Inspections, and just 23.4% support private inspectors.
The poll makes an interesting assessment of public trust in housing safety following the tragedy of Grenfell Tower.
Interestingly, support is highest amongst Conservative voters with 63.9% supporting councils as the Building Inspectors.
Public support to give councils stronger powers to call landlords to account is also high with 82.1% supporting, or supporting strongly, stronger powers, with the highest support amongst Conservative voters at 85%. This pattern is followed on the issue of interventions, with 88.3% of Conservative voters believing council powers should be enhanced, and the public at large supporting this with 83.1% wanting to see stronger interventions.
Speaking about the report at a housing fringe at the Labour Party conference, Paul O'Brien, APSE Chief Executive, said "This poll is a wake up call to Government. The public clearly support a role for local councils in keeping residents safe. With the majority of Inspections carried out by private companies it is time to look again at the fragmented housing market and redefine the role of local councils in ensuring the safety of their communities."
The full questions are tabled below:
The total support figure is 82.1%. Note total support among Conservatives voters is 85%.
Total support 83.1%. Support among Conservative 88.3%. Note that support strengthens for the stronger intervention.
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